Off By Two—poem

by Samuel De Lemos

Cracker Jack
the surprises inside
as a child,
meant everything to me.
I always looked
forward to it.
Like reading
Saturday morning
cereal boxes
in my underwear—
Corn Flakes,
sliced strawberries,
and cold
homogenized milk.
Then watching
Bugs Bunny
Tom and Jerry and
Road Runner
versus
Wile E. Coyote.
Those were the
days that brought
burden free happiness.
No bills to pay.
No Monday morning
workday Blues.
After all, school
had recess, girls,
and plenty of books;
And we’d be off by
Two.

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